Competitive Judo: Winning Training and Tactics Paperback – 1 Dec 2006
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About the Author
Ron Angus is a Black Belt and has practiced Judo for 42 years. He has been both an athlete and coach, having competed at four commonwealth games and many major competitions. He was the New Zealand National Team coach for 12 years, coaching the team at three world championships and the Olympic games.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
This book will be worth to bjj players as well (I'm a bjj purple belt and occasionally judo player) because it addresses basics, yet fundamental, problems of competitors:
- how should I train out of season?
- how should I train in-season?
- how to peak for competition?
- what should I think during competition?
- what should I do when the fight is restarted?
There is also actual technique content, like the setups section, but the book is obviously more oriented on coaching. All this is very well done and organized.
Let's talk about the (little) bad:
- occasional not too serious spelling errors
- occasional annoying description errors (like left in place of right)
- the book could have been longer
Why I give it 5 stars?
This book is unique, it condenses in one place topics difficult to find and very useful for the serious amateur. The little problems don't really detract from the good content. I just wish the book was longer because some topics would benefit from an expanded treatment.
Recommended to the serious competitor.
Written for elite players, a small niche audience here in North America, the book is a worthwhile study in training methods and strategies to be successful in the rarefied world of Olympic-style judo.
The author, Mr. Angus, goes into detail on the importance of knowing the rules of the game, and then "being able to use the rules to your advantage, how to develop a match plan with the skills that are right for you and how to get the most out of training."
Attention is given to grip fighting as one of the gates to winning. In my personal opinion, as a continuing student of judo with far less competition experience than the author (but with years of experience in judo), an over-emphasis on grip fighting is ultimately harmful to the sport at any level. The author underlines the challenges of grip fighting by including a photo of his hands after 30 years of fighting for grips. It is apparent that gripfights have taken their toll on his joints.
Overall, a very educational look at elite judo. One small suggestion for improvement in any subsequent editions would be to edit the Japanese judo terms: the frequent misspellings of the techniques are slightly distracting from an otherwise fine book. Recommended reading.
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